Arshinova holds dual citizenship of Russia and the internationally unrecognised republic of Transnistria. From 2002 to 2007 she studied sociology at the state university of Transnistria, the T.G. Shevchenko University in Tiraspol.
Arshinova led the political youth organization Breakthrough (Russian: Proriv) which defends the de facto independence of Transnistria with close ties to Russia, and rejects the union with Moldova, of which the territory is a part, according to international law. She was influenced by Dmitry Soin, chief ideologist of Breakthrough (Proriv). She also wrote articles and columns for the Transnistrian news agency Lenta PMR. In December 2005 Arshinova was interviewed for the German news magazine Der Spiegel. In 2009 she was a fellow of the John Smith Memorial Trust programme for democracy and good governance.
In 2007, Alena Arshinova moved to Moscow to be a postgraduate student at the faculty of sociology of the Lomonosov University. She does her doctorate on "Youth Extremism in Russia". She has become involved in Russian politics. On 22 December 2010, Arshinova was elected as co-chairman of the co-ordinating council of the Young Guard of United Russia ("Molodaya Gvardia"), the youth wing of Russia's ruling party. For the 2011 Russian legislative election, she contested a seat in the State Duma.
- www.tiras.ru Lenta PMR News Agency Webiste
- Ché Guevara lebt - in Transnistrien, Der Spiegel, 12.12.2005
- Alena Arshinova, John Smith Memorial Trust (www.johnsmithmemorialtrust.org). Retrieved on 7 October 2011.
- Putins schöne, junge Garde – Ablösung für die Abnicker-Apparatschiks ("Putin's beautiful young guard – Replacement of the Nod-through apparatchiks"), Spiegel Online, 3 October 2011 (German). Retrieved on 7 Oct 2011.
- Faces of the new Europe: Alena Arshinova
- Portrait & Interview (in Russian)
- Transnistria's Breakthrough
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